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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 6.1 beta to developers, a little under a week after releasing the watchOS 6 update with full App Store, new Apple Watch faces, and more.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General > Software Update.

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To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

It's not yet clear what features will be introduced in the watchOS 6.1 update, but we'll be updating this article when we find out.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Beta of watchOS 6.1 to Developers
 

IAmGLaDOS

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Anyone else have battery life issues with watchOS 6? I installed on my S4 and my battery life was cut in half. I figured out that it was the new Noise monitoring feature. I had a complication of it on my watch face and I turned the Noise feature off completely and battery life is back to normal. Need to test it with the Noise feature on, but not display the complication on the watch face to see if it is the feature or it was the constant monitoring of the complication that was causing the drain.
 
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SoN1NjA

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Anyone else have battery life issues with watchOS 6? I installed on my S4 and my battery life was cut in half. I figured out that it was the new Noise monitoring feature. I had a complication of it on my watch face and I turned the Noise feature off completely and battery life is back to normal. Need to test it with the Noise feature on, but not display the complication on the watch face to see if it is the feature or it was the constant monitoring of the complication that was causing the drain.
There is a fix
 
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ewartjohn11

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Anyone else have battery life issues with watchOS 6? I installed on my S4 and my battery life was cut in half. I figured out that it was the new Noise monitoring feature. I had a complication of it on my watch face and I turned the Noise feature off completely and battery life is back to normal. Need to test it with the Noise feature on, but not display the complication on the watch face to see if it is the feature or it was the constant monitoring of the complication that was causing the drain.
Yeah, I noticed this too. I was curious about the noise feature, but with the mic always on, it definitely put a nice dent in my battery life. Normally I make it to the end of a day with 60-70% range, but now I’m anywhere between 35-45% since upgrading to watch OS 6.
 
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Mabus51

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You saying there is a fix in this new update, or there is a fix in the current build of watchOS 6 and if so what is it?
Some have had luck with power cycling the watch not just forced reboot.

Hold the side button down until the screen prompts to slide to power off. Power off the watch, them start it back up. Also make sure Noise is disabled.

I’m still seeing more power drain on my AW4 with OS6 but not rapid drain after doing this.
 
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QCassidy352

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Hopefully it offers the ability to return to managing apps through the iPhone. It’s great to have a separate app store, but the larger screen is still the right place to find the apps in most cases.
Worth noting that you can still find apps for the watch on the iPhone App Store app. I wish it were still in the watch app, as that seems the logical place for it, but you can still find watch apps on the iPhone if need be.
 
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Howard Ellacott

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Anyone else have battery life issues with watchOS 6? I installed on my S4 and my battery life was cut in half. I figured out that it was the new Noise monitoring feature. I had a complication of it on my watch face and I turned the Noise feature off completely and battery life is back to normal. Need to test it with the Noise feature on, but not display the complication on the watch face to see if it is the feature or it was the constant monitoring of the complication that was causing the drain.
I’ve got that complication on my series 4 watch face and haven’t noticed any change in battery... yet!
 
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BadMelonFarmer

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Errrm, anyone updated to 6.1 and lost meridian watch face?

watch restarted an had changed to Siri watch face.... it was the only one and meridian was not available to set back up.
Very odd

rebooting watch to see if it fixes it

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Errrm, anyone updated to 6.1 and lost meridian watch face?

watch restarted an had changed to Siri watch face.... it was the only one and meridian was not available to set back up.
Very odd

rebooting watch to see if it fixes it

S5 44mm SS
Nope.... still missing
 
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podycust

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Errrm, anyone updated to 6.1 and lost meridian watch face?

watch restarted an had changed to Siri watch face.... it was the only one and meridian was not available to set back up.
Very odd

rebooting watch to see if it fixes it

S5 44mm SS
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Nope.... still missing
It’s a know issue it’s mentioned in the release notes
 
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spazzcat

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Yeah, I noticed this too. I was curious about the noise feature, but with the mic always on, it definitely put a nice dent in my battery life. Normally I make it to the end of a day with 60-70% range, but now I’m anywhere between 35-45% since upgrading to watch OS 6.

I had no issues with and it been using since beta 1.
 
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xgman

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What's with the Meridian Watch face? It was also missing in the iphone 6.1 beta in the app even though it was on the watch itself. What the heck is going on over there....
 
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Mabus51

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What's with the Meridian Watch face? It was also missing in the iphone 6.1 beta in the app even though it was on the watch itself. What the heck is going on over there....
Apple noted it as missing in the Beta 1 notes. Has me wondering if something is up with this particular watch face. Maybe those of use having issues should test by removing this face from our watch?
 
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xgman

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Apple noted it as missing in the Beta 1 notes. Has me wondering if something is up with this particular watch face. Maybe those of use having issues should test by removing this face from our watch?
Ha.. wouldn't surprise me.. Test in beta by removal altogether. that's a new one.
 
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